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NPFX: The Nonprofit Fundraising Exchange

Jun 5, 2023

Staff turnover has become a challenge for many nonprofits. Increasing numbers of nonprofit employees report feeling stressed and burned out. In today’s podcast episode, we sit down with Dr. Evisha Ford to discuss what causes nonprofit burnout and how both the individual and the organization can create a culture of wellness and support.

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Additional Resources

IPM's free Nonprofit Resource Library:

Benches in the Bathroom: Leading a Physically, Emotionally, and Socially Safe School Culture by Evisha Ford

[NPFX] Self-Care for Nonprofit Fundraisers: How to Avoid Burnout

Nonprofit Staff Retention, Part 1: Are Higher Salaries Really the Answer?

Nonprofit Staff Retention, Part 2: How to Attract and Keep the Best Employees

5 Ways to Improve Your Fundraising Team’s Morale

Best Wellness Practices for Nonprofit Fundraisers (#4 Might Surprise You)

Dr. Evisha Ford is the Founding Executive Director of iCan Dream Center, a therapeutic school in Illinois, that serves the needs of neurodiverse learners and their families. She began her career serving inner-city homeless youth in Chicago and worked with various community agencies to build their capacity to support the needs of vulnerable youth. She specializes in trauma-compassionate leadership, program design, cultural and racial equity, developing continuums of service for diverse learners. She is author of Benches in the Bathroom: Leading a Physically, Emotionally, and Socially Safe School Culture. Additionally, Dr. Ford serve as President of the Board for the United Way Blue Island Robbins Neighborhood Network. She has received numerous awards, including “Woman of the Year” by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the Paige Award for her impact within the special needs community, and the “Dream Maker Award” from the Bronzeville Children’s Museum of Chicago. In July 2018, she was honored as one of the influential “100 Black Women in Chicago” for her educational contributions. In July 2022, Dr. Ford received her most generous recognition as “best mom ever” granted by her two sons. To lean more about Dr. Ford’s work, visit her website

Russ Phaneuf, a co-founder of IPM Advancement, has a background in higher education development, with positions at the University of Hartford, Northern Arizona University, and Thunderbird School of Global Management. As IPM's managing director & chief strategist, Russ serves as lead fundraising strategist, award-winning content creator, and program analyst specializing in applied system dynamics.

Rich Frazier has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years. In his role as senior consultant with IPM Advancement, Rich offers extensive understanding and knowledge in major gifts program management, fund development, strategic planning, and board of directors development.